Monday, April 18, 2011
Backward analysis: Bobby McCray
By Paul Kuharsky
A look back at how a later pick who has turned out well or a higher pick who has not was reviewed before he was drafted into the AFC South.
Bobby McCray, former Jaguars defensive, Florida, seventh round, 249th overall in 2004
Mel Kiper, eighth defensive end
“He has great closing speed and can get to the quarterback once he works past the OT. He’s not real instinctive, though, and will disappear from the action during some games. He’s an enigma in that he has all of the physical and athletic skills you look for, yet he didn’t always show it on a consistent basis.”
Pro Football Weekly, ninth defensive end
“Tall, strong, very quick edge rusher who can be great when he wants to be, but has done little more than show flashes. Has similar measurable to Jevon Kearse, but is nowhere close to Kearse as a football player.”
NFL Draft Scout, 22nd defensive end
“…More of a one move type, showing little desire to generate secondary and counter moves. ... Non-leader type who will not do things to improve his technique on his own, give marginal effort but is the type of player that thinks he has already ‘arrived…’ Has great straight-line speed, but is a little stiff in his hips and knee bend.”
After seven years:
McCray was quite productive for the Jaguars for a seventh-round pick. He missed just three games in his four years with the team, starting 29 times. He had 22 sacks in his time in Jacksonville working predominantly as a pass rush specialist.
He bolted to the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2008, signing a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $20 million and included a reported $5 million in the first season.
He had 7.5 sacks in two seasons in New Orleans, then was signed in time to play in the regular season finale for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.